This blog has a Facebook page. Which, I realize, isn’t saying much. Facebook is kind of like the formal living room of social media… Everyone feels like they should have one, including your 88 year old grandmother, simply because everyone has one. But as you’re sitting there, flipping through highly curated announcements of personal achievements and pictures of babies, vacations, and parties, you kind of wonder how much engagement and exchange of ideas can really happen when everything is so posed. The really interesting bits of people rarely peek out when they’re worried about messing up the furniture.
This all makes me wonder how much longer it will be before Facebook goes the way of AOL.
But, for now, Facebook still matters which is a bummer, especially if you’ve got a blog or business page. Why? Because Facebook tries to get you to pay money for people to see your posts. If you don’t pay, some of your posts are only seen by literally, like, seven people no matter how many people like your page.
If you’re interested in seeing Facebook updates from your favorite bloggers, celebrities, businesses, and brands, you can hover over the “like” button in the upper right hand corner of their page until a menu appears. Make sure you’ve selected “Get Notifications.” Then you’ll *kind of mostly sort of* see updates from the page.
But, if the page isn’t forking over money to Facebook, you still won’t see all the updates. The best way to do that is to click on the second option in the menu that appears when you hover over the “like” button: “Add to Interest Lists.” Add your favorite pages to your lists and you will see every update from that page, every time you check the list you added it to.
It’s also not a bad idea to add your favorite Facebook friends to your lists because guess what? You’re not seeing all their updates either.
Aren’t formal living rooms fun?
This week, on the Larks Notes This page, posts included a cool humor piece from The New Yorker, thoughts on the whole World Vision / same sex marriage fiasco, and the awesomest corporate ad parody video ever. Which I will post below. Because 17 people saw it when I posted it on Facebook. Which is just a straight up injustice because this video had me grinning from ear to ear and totally made my day.
How awesome was that? I KNOW, RIGHT?!
So… What are your thoughts on Facebook?